'The Thing That Was Really Unique': 25 Years Since the Secret Mission of STS-38 (Part 2)

As with her launch and the bulk of her on-orbit operations, Atlantis’ landing was also shrouded in gloom. She became the first orbiter to return to the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in more than 5.5 years when she touched down on 20 November 1990. Photo Credit: NASA, […]

'Most Serious and Significant Work': 25 Years Since the Secret Mission of STS-38 (Part 1)

The STS-38 crew consisted of (from left) Pilot Frank Culbertson, Mission Specialists Carl Meade, Bob Springer and Sam Gemar, and Commander Dick Covey. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

A quarter-century ago, the world stood on the brink of outright conflict in the Middle East, following the August 1990 invasion of Kuwait by […]

On Opposing Sides of Tragedy: Remembering Atlantis on 30th Anniversary of Maiden Flight (Part 3)

Jerry Ross participates in the assembly of the EASE and ACCESS structures on Mission 61B in the fall of 1985. Ross became the first person to fly Atlantis twice and three times and is the only human to have flown her on as many as five occasions. Photo Credit: NASA, via Joachim Becker/SpaceFacts.de

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Summer of Discontent: 25 Years Since the Shuttle Hydrogen Leaks (Part 2)

In one of the most historic shuttle-era photographs ever taken, this image shows the STS-38/Atlantis stack (at right) returning to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) for repairs on 9 August 1990. In doing so, it passed the STS-35/Columbia stack (at left), which was returning to the launch pad after several weeks of extensive […]

Summer of Discontent: 25 Years Since the Shuttle Hydrogen Leaks (Part 1)

Pictured in September 1990, the problem-plagued STS-35 stack is shown in the foreground, on Pad 39A, with the STS-41 stack in the background on Pad 39B. Photo Credit: NASA

A quarter-century ago, in the summer of 1990, the shuttle program was in chaos. Less than two years since the resumption of flight operations […]

On @ The 90: Atlantis Exhibit's Opening Highlights NASA's Malaise

Yesterday’s opening of the Atlantis Exhibit unleashed a swell of emotions from most in attendance. It was a time to reflect on the past as well as the future. Photo Credit: Jason Rhian / AmericaSpace

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — As a former soldier and law enforcement officer, I am not one who […]

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Opens at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

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Space Shuttle Atlantis Ready for Mission 34: To Enthuse and Inspire at KSCVC

Atlantis—veteran of 33 space missions between October 1985 and July 2011—is about to embark on her 34th and perhaps most important mission of all: to inspire a new generation of explorers. Photo Credit: Alan Walters / awaltersphoto.com

On Saturday, 29 June, after months of fanfare and almost two years since last exposed to […]

Into the Black: NASA’s Secret Shuttle Missions – Part Four

"Into the Black" continues with a review of STS-38, the 37th flight of the space shuttle era and the seventh dedicated Department of Defense mission. Photo Credit: NASA

The Secret History of NASA’s Middle Child: Part 4: The Mystery of the ‘Prowler’

‘High profile’ are two words which can easily […]